Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has long been penciled in as the Cardinals’ obvious choice with the No. 1 overall pick, but that selection may not be set in stone. Per Peter King of NBC Sports, there is not “unanimity” within Arizona’s front office about whether to take Murray. Meanwhile, after pegging the odds Murray would be picked first overall at 90% on April 1, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (Twitter link) has since reduced that figure to just 60%.
Murray would still likely be chosen within the first five picks of the draft, and could potentially still come off the board at No. 1 overall if the Cardinals trade out. Arizona has plenty of other roster holes, with needs at nearly every level of the club. Trading the first overall selection could give general manager Steve Keim a bevy of draft picks in order to supplement the Cardinals’ roster, and if they don’t move down too far, they’d still be in range to target a blue-chip player in the first round.
If the Cards pass on Murray, they’d be going forward with 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen as their long-term quarterback under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. While it’s possible Rosen’s relationship with Arizona could have been damaged over the past several months (especially with Murray having been viewed as a lock for the No. 1 pick), the former UCLA signal-caller did show up for workouts earlier this month, and also seems to have the support of his teammates.
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